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Rolex Sydney Hobart; Rounding Tasman Island -Got a Few Hours To Spare? *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 2:35 PM Tue 31 Dec 2013 GMT
It’s hard to imagine how Hobart was ever discovered by sea, really. There are two dimensions of the city’s sea defences – neither has anything to do with the military - that have seemed to make Hobart an elusive chimera to many a seafarer over the decades and centuries. ...
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Sports Boats set for Nationals in Fremantle *Feature By Darren Spence, , 5:17 AM Mon 30 Dec 2013 GMT
It's finally rolled around - 2014 Australian Sports Boat Association National Titles in Fremantle, Western Australia. Can't wait. A fleet of twenty boats is set to line up for the seventh ASBA National Titles being conducted by the Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC) from Thursday the second of January. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Tattersall's Cup Presentation Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 4:49 AM Mon 30 Dec 2013 GMT
Daryl Hodgkinson's Cookson 50, Victoire was this morning declared the overall winner on handicap of this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Daryl Hodgkinson was handed the Tattersall's Cup during a dockside ceremony late this morning. Here are some images of the presentation by Crosbie Lorimer. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Victoire is victorious for overall honours *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, NZ , 9:45 PM Sun 29 Dec 2013 GMT
The Cookson 50 Victoire, skippered by Darryl Hodgkinson, is the overall winner on ratings in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race. It is not the first time the Cookson 50 has been on the winners podium in the blue water classic. She placed second overall in in 2010 under ORC1 in the 2010 edition, sailing as Jazz, for her British owner, Chris Bull. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart; Images of Day 4's Finishers by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 10:05 AM Sun 29 Dec 2013 GMT
One minute the wind was blowing dogs off chains, the next the chains were hanging heavily on listless canines. It was a typical Derwent River sou'westerly. Amongst those finishing today, and captured in these images by Crosbie Lorimer, were Zefiro, Pretty Fly III, Veloce, Celestial, Brindabella, Primitive Cool and Kerumba. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Youth America's Cup winners just metres apart *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 3:56 AM Sun 29 Dec 2013 GMT
New Zealand’s Sailor of the Year winners, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, were almost inseparable at the finish of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart, despite being on different boats – one almost twice the size of the other. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart -Wedgetail dismasted – two with rudder problems *Feature By Bruce Montgomery, , 9:28 PM Sat 28 Dec 2013 GMT
The expected south-westerly gale off the Tasmanian south-east coast and in Bass Strait this morning has impacted the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Perpetual Loyal Arrival, Video and Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 5:31 PM Sat 28 Dec 2013 GMT
Every so often in the sailing photography business you are lucky enough to enjoy an experience that you know you will remember for many years, and this evening was just one such occasion. With Wild Oats XI barely berthed for an hour having taken Line Honours, it was back on the media boat to catch Perpetual Loyal’s arrival. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Southerly change expected to hit at midnight *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 12:32 AM Sat 28 Dec 2013 GMT
The long predicted southerly change for the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart race is expected to hit all areas around 11.00pm Saturday night. Until then the fleet will experience hard running conditions of 20-30kts from the north, slowly switching to the NW, before quickly clocking around to a south westerly direction. ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2013; Start Video by Bow Caddy *Feature By Dale Lorimer, Hobart , 10:47 PM Fri 27 Dec 2013 GMT
Ninety four yachts lined up for the start of this year's race. Close competition between the larger yachts produced an exciting race to the seaward mark where Dale Lorimer captured the action of the boats turning south to Hobart. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2013 - Of Gates, Pools and Level Crossings *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart , 2:03 PM Fri 27 Dec 2013 GMT
Who’d want to be a tactician and navigator in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race? Talk about pressure! With everyone saying two days before the race start that we would have to wait until race day to determine the weather strategy, you’d think that more than 36 hours after the fleet left Sydney that we might have a clearer idea about how this year’s race was going to play out. ...
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ORCV Tassie Trio fleet start in perfect conditions *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne, Australia , 9:16 AM Fri 27 Dec 2013 GMT
It was a smooth start for the combined fleet heading to Tasmania in the ORCV Tassie Trio. Leading the way to Port Phillip Heads, was Phil Coomb's freshly launched Hh42 Simply Fun, who was first to the turning mark off Queenscliff, followed by Spirit of Downunder, Gusto and Extasea. Sailing photographer Teri Dodds was on the water and shares these images. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Weather update for Day 2 - no change *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 1:17 AM Fri 27 Dec 2013 GMT
There is little change in the forecast from that given at the final Skippers Briefing and reported in Sail-World.com's story, yesterday. In the radio briefing given to the fleet, last night, a weak high pressure system was expected to develop over the Western Tasman sea by Friday. Another low with a trough to the north is expected to move east from Tasmanian on Saturday night ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2013 – Major changes in leaderboard *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 2:22 PM Thu 26 Dec 2013 GMT
Since taking the lead in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2013 two hours ago Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal has headed well offshore. She is currently abeam to Batemans Bay 120 nautical miles south of Sydney. She is just 12 nautical miles off the position that Wild Oats XI was in at the same time in the 2012 record breaking run. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: A sensational start from top supermaxis +Video *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 6:13 AM Thu 26 Dec 2013 GMT
After a sensational start to the 2013 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, the Mark Richard’s skippered Wild Oats XI just headed Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal to the first mark. After a luffing incident Perpetual Loyal was carrying a protest flag at Zulu mark. There was no indication as to whether the protest would proceed to a Hearing after the race finish in Hobart. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Grim weather prediction at final Briefing *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 11:45 PM Wed 25 Dec 2013 GMT
Weather forecaster Andrew Treloar, presented a grim picture to skippers at the final briefing for the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. A front which is expected to hit the fleet on Saturday night will bring head winds winds gusting to 60kts and with seas of 7 metres and more off the Tasmanian coast. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Big Boats predicted to avoid gale *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 9:25 PM Wed 25 Dec 2013 GMT
The supermaxis contesting the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart race are expected to dodge the strong winds predicted for the latter stages of the race. The latest projections and course routing using a polar (performance data) from a top supermaxi, shows the big boats will have winds mainly from a northerly and easterly direction ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2013 - A Dinky Di Gale and we deserve it!! *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 9:18 PM Wed 25 Dec 2013 GMT
While the sailing world is in awe of Wild Oats XI, aiming for her seventh line honours victory, the original Wild Oats, perhaps Wild Oats I, a Farr 43 now called Wild Rose is heading south again this year. Her skipper Roger Hickman sailing in his 37th Sydney Hobart race is one of the most competitive on the Australian scene. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2013 - Look out for Beau Geste *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 8:47 AM Wed 25 Dec 2013 GMT
New Zealander Gavin Brady flew back into Sydney this afternoon from Auckland with most of the Beau Geste team ahead of tomorrow race. At the same time Karl Kwok who owns Beaut Geste was jetting in from Hong Kong. His new Botin 80 is considerably shorter than the clutch of 100 footer’s vying for line honours but after an impressive appearance in Sydney, she is being mentioned in 2013 Rolex Syd ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2013 - Wharro's Supermaxi form guide *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 7:47 AM Wed 25 Dec 2013 GMT
Outside the heads during any Sydney to Hobart start, the waves produced by the mix of spectator craft and race fleet rebound off South Head in the most benign conditions can be a washing machine. Tomorrow after a solid period of northerly wind and then easterly, there could very well be a 20-25 knot southerly offshore by start time, wind against current and a confused sea ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: It's Just a Matter of Weather or Not *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Sydney , 9:46 AM Tue 24 Dec 2013 GMT
For the deadline-pressured print journalists in the event’s media centre, today’s Bureau of Meteorology weather forecast for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was not what they needed for a quick story file and an early mark for Christmas. The answers to questions that the journos were asking the skippers after the weather briefing gave them precious little productive copy for tomorrow’s paper ...
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Sydney Hobart: Supermaxi versus Sunfish - Ready to foil the party?? *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 7:48 AM Mon 23 Dec 2013 GMT
Over the years sailors have stood and looked at the half model board of the handicap winners of the Sydney Hobart race, going back some 69 years. The very noticeable thing is that rudders and keels continue to shrink in width and depth while getting longer and thinner. ...
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Having a Tasmanian Beer and going to sleep *Feature By Rob Kothe, , 1:40 AM Mon 23 Dec 2013 GMT
Midrace website computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent. It’s the ETA. Turn Tasman Light at 20:00 and Huey says ‘Good that you could come and thank your mother for the fish’ or words to that effect…. ...
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Reindeer, raceboats and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle , 7:34 PM Sun 22 Dec 2013 GMT
Growing up in a sailing-obsessed house on the East Coast meant that there were four important 'everyman' distance races to follow, namely the Newport-Bermuda, the Transpac, the Fastnet and the legendary Sydney to Hobart Race. While my family has experience racing to Bermuda, the other three races have always held their own challenges. If Transpac wins the prize for distance, and Fastnet for histor ...
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Karl Kwok‘s Beau Geste aiming for a double *Feature By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team, , 6:57 PM Sun 22 Dec 2013 GMT
Hong Kong Businessman Karl Kwok won the 1997 Hobart at his first attempt in a Farr 40 called Beau Geste. Now he is back, as he says putting his batting average on the line with another attempt. ...
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